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Understanding children’s vulnerability to contaminated environments

5 Jun 2018

Already vulnerable children exposed early in life to an adverse environment such as poor quality water or air, face a far higher risk of developing long term health issues.

Managing those detrimental environmental factors and reducing a child’s exposure is a goal of Chief Environmental Scientist Dr Andrea Hinwood and the subject of the next Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) Environmental Science Series of lectures.

Dr Hinwood will explain the potential factors present in the Victorian environment that could contribute to later-life health issues particularly involving respiratory illness, compromised immunology systems and her plans to manage them.

Dr Hinwood will be joined by one of the world’s leading authorities on child health, Professor Peter Sly. Professor Sly is the Director, Children's Health and Environment Program at the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Children's Health and Environment.

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is hosting the Environmental Science Series to increase public awareness and understanding of important environmental issues and what is happening to manage them. The free lectures are open to all. If media would like to attend and interview the speakers after the sessions please contact the EPA Media team at 9695 2704.

Vulnerability of children to environmental exposures

Date                 Thursday, 7 June 2018

Time                 12pm – 2pm

Where               Victoria University City Convention Centre

                          Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Who                 Presenters include Dr Andrea Hinwood and Professor Peter Sly

Speaker Biographies

Dr Andrea Hinwood
Dr Andrea Hinwood is the inaugural Chief Environmental Scientist at the Environment Protection Authority Victoria being appointed in May 2017. Dr Hinwood was previously an Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and held appointments as a member and Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority of WA and a sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia. 


Professor Peter Sly

Professor Peter Sly, Director, Children’s Lung, Environment and Asthma Research, Child Health Research Centre UQ and Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and Environment, will present on the impact of environmental exposures in early life as well as improving methods for assessing the effects of early life environmental exposures and understanding how these can increase the long-term risk of chronic disease.


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